I thought my iPod's battery had finally gone kaput a few weeks. Fellow ADE Charlene Chaussis sent me the following piece of advice and it worked like a charm! So don't give up if your iPod seems to have a mind of its own! Thank you, Charlene!
"One more thing... you had mentioned your "dead" iPod. We have had a few that seemed to die but I was able to revive them using the "reset" instructions:
1. Connect your iPod to the iPod Power Adapter and plug the power adapter into an electrical outlet
2. Toggle the Hold switch on and off (slide it to Hold and then turn it off again)
3. Press and hold the Menu and Select buttons until the Apple logo appears (about 6 to 10 seconds). You may need to repeat this step.
BE SURE to place the iPod on a flat surface and use only one finger from one hand to press the Select button, and one finger from the other hand to press the Menu button. Plugging into the wall outlet and laying the iPod on the flat surface seems to be the keys to success.